Administration for Native Americans: Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez ImmersionDeadline: April 15, 2014
The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program is to provide financial assistance to community-driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests, Native American language survival schools, and Native language restoration programs. The Administration for Native Americans is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded EMI projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance.
Projects funded under this opportunity must meet one of the following requirements as specified in the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act (Pub. L. 109-394):
- Native American Language Nests are site-based education programs that provide child care and instruction in Native American languages for at least 10 children under the age of 7 for an average of at least 500 hours per year per child, provide classes in such languages for parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in such language nests, and must be located in areas with sufficient numbers of Native American children to provide instruction and child care for at least 10 children under the age of 7.
- Native American Language Survival Schools are schools for school-age children providing at least 500 hours of Native American language instruction to at least 15 students and which develop instructional courses and materials, provide teacher training, and work toward achieving Native American language fluency and academic proficiency in mathematics, reading, and sciences.
- Native American Language Restoration Programs are educational programs that provide instruction in at least one Native American language for the community served, provide teacher training programs for the teachers of Native American languages, develop instructional materials for such language restoration programs, and work toward the goal of increasing fluency and proficiency in at least one Native American language.
Amount: $1,750,000 is available for 6 grants ranging from $100,000-$300,000 each.
- Federally recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
- Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes;
- Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes;
- Consortia of Indian tribes;
- Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations;
- Urban Indian Centers;
- Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village consortia;
- Non-profit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
- Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose, community-based organizations;
- Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
- Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
- Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians;
- National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives;
- Public and non-profit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;
- Tribal Colleges and Universities